IIHS Names Safest Midsize Cars on the Market for 2013

18 Feb

The prestigious Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) in America has awarded its “Top Safety Pick+” award to 13 cars for 2013, including several smaller and mid-sized cars, such as the Nissan Altima 4-door, the Chrysler 200 4-door and the Honda Accord 4-door.

The Top Safety Pick+ award is the highest honor given by the IIHS; 117 vehicles earned the lesser “Top Safety Pick” for 2013, a strong indicator of vehicle safety, though less prestigious than the “+” award.


Nissan Altima-2013

2013 Nissan Altima


It is not easy to win a “+” award; the IIHS says it rates vehicles as being “‘good’, ‘acceptable’, ‘marginal’ or ‘poor’ based on performance in a moderate overlap frontal crash, small overlap frontal crash, side impact and rollover, plus evaluations of seat/head restraints for protection against neck injuries in rear impacts.” Safety Pick+ winners must earn “good” ratings in at least four of these five evaluations, with at least an “acceptable” for the test in which they do not receive “good”.

Speaking on behalf of the 13 top winners for safety, Adrian Lund, IIHS president, said, “Of the 29 models evaluated so far in our small overlap frontal crash test, these 13 cars offer the highest level of all-around crash protection. We’re pleased to recognize them with our new Top Safety Pick+award for 2013.” The group’s press release on this year’s “+” winners, with a link to the 117 winners of the Top Safety Pick, offers more insight into their research and testing.

Three of the mid-sized cars singled out for the “+” award – the Nissan Altima, Chrysler 200 and Honda Accord – are some of the top performers in the midsize and small sedan category. And it often seems the case that the safest cars are also the top all-around performers, perhaps reflecting an overall attention to detail on the part of the automaker. For example, the 2013 Nissan Altima has recently been on the receiving end of accolades from car reviewers, with one calling it the best Altima ever made; the car also betters its rivals in gas mileage, even beating out fellow “+”winner Chrysler 200, another very good car. The Honda Accord has year in and year out been a top performer and best-seller, with one of the strongest reputations for overall excellence.

This IIHS list of winners is filled not just with very safe cars, but with very good cars, too. For customers in the market for a new car, the list of IIHS Top Safety Pick+ winners might be a good place to start whether you want a Nissan Altima coupe or a luxury car like the Volvo S60.

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Date posted: February 18, 2013